Learning How to Crochet

I recently took a crochet class at Erica’s and am totally hooked on it! Pun intended. 🙂

I’ve been a quilter for years, but was always intimidated by knitting and crocheting. But not any longer! I wanted to share with you how easy it is to learn a new craft in case any of you are in the same boat I was.

Kim started me off with two basic supplies: a crochet hook and a skein of yarn. As a general rule of thumb, chunky or bulky yarn takes a larger hook and fine yarn takes a smaller hook. And most yarn labels will tell you the recommended hook size. 

crochet1Baby Chunky Yarn from Hayfield (Tufty) A22975 $7.00
Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook (Size J
) 25640 $2.15

Kim first showed me how to make the chain, the foundation for most projects.

crochet2The next two stitches I learned were the single crochet, and the double crochet. Then I attempted to make a swatch using my new-found skills. My swatch is quite laughable (it really was supposed to be a rectangle!) but it sure taught me a lot!

crochet3The first thing I learned in making this swatch was not to be afraid. In about 45 minutes, I had gone from not knowing how to crochet at all to having made something. It’s a funny-looking something, but that doesn’t matter at this stage. I still made it!

I also learned to count stitches at the end of every row. I had no idea that I was dropping stitches until I was about eight rows into it. Looking at the swatch, it’s very clear that I dropped stitches as I went along, but I didn’t see it right away.

I learned how to improve my tension by playing with different ways of wrapping the yarn around my fingers until I found something that was comfortable for me.

And I learned that practicing stitches over and over again until you move onto another stitch is tremendously helpful and a confidence builder. 

Just by working on those three things – counting, evening out my tension and practicing – led me to this in just four days:

crochet4It’s not perfect, it’s not even great, but it’s a scarf! And I made it! It wasn’t hard and it wasn’t intimidating at all, once I dove into it.

I also recommend finding a great how-to book. Many of our staff members recommend “I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting” by Leisure Arts, so I bought it and took it home with me. It helped remind me how to do the stitches once I was on my own, and gave great tips about tension and how to understand patterns. 

crochet5I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting 23098 $8.95

Another really good one that I’ve had my eye on is “10-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet,” also by Leisure Arts. It has great pictures and simple patterns.

crochet610-20-30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet A11978 $9.95

I am so excited to have learned a new craft and even more than that, I’m no longer intimidated to learn something new. I encourage all of you to do the same!

For more information about classes or to see a schedule of upcoming classes, sign up for our newsletter on our website – Erica’s Newsletters Sign-Up. You can also stop into the store or give us a call at 574-233-3112 or 1-888-837-4227.

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Remember, you can see What’s New at Erica’s almost every day! Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

Let us know in the comments, about something new that you’ve learned!

Happy Crocheting!
~Stephanie

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